Dr. Nora M. Walker
PAWTUCKET - Dr. Nora M. Walker, 87, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Parfenchuck for twenty-seven years. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Dada) Walker.
Nora had been employed at the Biltmore Hotel, Providence, until moving to Washington, DC where she was employed at the State Department. She returned to RI and received a Bachelors Degree from Rhode Island College; Masters Degree in Reading from the University of Rhode Island and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Syracuse University. She worked as a Reading Specialist in Cranston and also served as Assistant Director of Elementary Education for the City of Warwick until retiring in 1985.
Nora was a lifelong and very active member of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, where she served on the Church Council; sang in the Choir and was a former Superintendent of the Cemetery. She was also active in Teen Soyo and was a member of the Antiochian Women and was a former New England Arabic Woman of the Year.
Besides her husband, she leaves a sister, Doris Arruda and her husband, Arthur; a brother, Louis Walker and his wife, Dorothy, all of Pawtucket; two stepsons, Dr. Thomas A. Parfenchuck and his wife, Ann Marie and their three children of Augusta, Georgia and Jeffrey B. Parfenchuck and his wife, Darcy and their son of Tucson, Arizona and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the sister of the late Elaine Argencourt. Georgette Bankert and George Walker, Sr.
Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by Services at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 249 High St., Pawtucket. Interment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. VISITATION at the funeral home will be Tuesday 5 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Church would be appreciated.
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